Los Robles Regional Medical Center

Chapter Officers
President Lisa Mandujano, Oncology
Vice President Jennifer Hardy, ICU
Secretary-Treasurer Katie Brister, Oncology
Union Stewards

215 West Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 497-2727
Website

Union Rep/Organizer
Ashlee Petty
Cell: (818) 433-2217
pettya@seiu121rn.org

Los Robles hospital employees join union in hopes of increased staffing, better pay.

By Tom Kisken, VC Star.

Nearly 120 healthcare workers at Los Robles hospital in Thousand Oaks are joining a union in a drive some said drew pushback from the employer and was certified Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board.

Pharmacists, clinical laboratory scientists, social workers and other licensed healthcare professionals voted earlier this month to join the SEIU Local 121RN union that currently represents more than 700 registered nurses at Los Robles Health System.

Read more in the VC Star, here.

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Los Robles Regional Medical Center Licensed Medical Professionals vote to join SEIU Local 121RN!

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Welcome to our newest SEIU Local 121RN members at Los Robles Regional Medical Center who formed their union with us with their overwhelming **YES!** vote on December 11, 2019!

CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to our good fight for patient safety and working conditions that allow us to provide the highest quality patient care!

This is a victory not only for ourselves but also our patients. Moving forward as a Union, we will work together to ensure that we have a voice in decisions that affect our patients and our profession.

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Introducing our new SEIU Local 121RN Executive Director, Rosanna Mendez

Dear SEIU Local 121RN Members,

Tuesday, October 9th, our Executive Board (made up of your colleagues chosen by you to represent Union members at each of our hospitals) selected our new Executive Director, who will work with me and the other Officers and Executive Board to lead our Union. After a thorough, months-long interview process and a selection vote, the Executive Board selected Rosanna Mendez, currently our Union’s Chief of Staff, as Executive Director.

Rosanna will begin her new role in January and will work with me, the other Officers and our full Executive Board to continue the work of building our Union strength in all of our hospitals and at the state capitol.

Rosanna brings 17 years of experience in the labor movement, including more than 15 with SEIU and nearly six here at 121RN. At 121RN, she has worked alongside and shared responsibility with our Executive Director, Sue Weinstein, in a shared vision to improve representation, bargain strong contracts, strengthen our Steward training and recruitment program, and strategically grow our political and member activism campaigns to win solid Nurse and patient laws in Sacramento.

I have worked closely with Rosanna and I know she will bring her incredible energy and deep commitment to leadership growth and development to this important role in our Union.

As Executive Director, Rosanna will supervise the day-to-day operations of the Union, including supervision of Union staff, fiscal management of the Local, and accurate maintenance of membership data. A full description of this role can by found in Article 7 of our Union’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Please join me in welcoming Rosanna into her new role.

And I know you all join me in thanking our longtime Executive Director Sue Weinstein for her many years of service to building this Local during very challenging times. We look forward to our continued work with her until the end of the year, while she transitions out of her role and into the next chapter of her life. We wish you all the best, Sue!

In Unity,

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Gayle Batiste President,
SEIU Local 121RN

RN, CNOR, Northridge

 

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ATTENTION: Our wage increase is coming soon!

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Questions? Contact our Steward or Union Rep/Organizer
Corey Clark, RN, BSN at (213) 247-4585 or clarkc@seiu121rn.org
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Our new contract is now in print!

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Raffle Prizes & Free Gifts at our Nurses Week Celebration!

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Meet our new Chapter Officers & E-Board Members!

Footer_social_NEWCongratulations to our new Los Robles Hospital Chapter Officers and Executive Board Representatives! Our Officers and Executive Board Representatives will work hard to ensure that our Union contract is followed and that we are informed of and involved in what’s happening in our Union.

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Questions? Contact a Union Steward or our Union Representative
Corey Clark, RN, BSN at (213) 247-4585, clarkc@seiu121rn.org

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Bargaining Update on Changes to 401(k) Matching

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Here’s what’s happening:

  • The hospital plans to make changes to our 401(k) matching program. These plans include making matching contributions once per year, only if we are employed as of December 31, and only if we worked 1,000 hours in that year.
  • We learned this year, after ratification of our Collectie Bargaining Agreement, that the hospital planned to make changes to its 401(k) matching program. We requested information and learned that the changes were actually decided last year while we were still in bargaining, but notice was not provided until January of this year after members found out and started asking questions.
  • This is why we have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that we were denied the right and opportunity to bargain over the proposed changes to the plan.
  • In the meantime, our CBA requires bargaining over the effects of the changes to the retirement plan, so that is why we met with the hospital on March 15.

Some of our (many) concerns:

  • Under these proposed changes, we will not receive any matching if we leave the hospital before the completion of the year or if we accumulate fewer than 1,000 hours.
  • Under the current plan, we immediately have funds in our interest-bearing accounts. Under these proposed changes, the hospital will hold these funds and they will solely have the opportunity to accrue interest on these funds.
  • We have concerns about how the 1,000 hour benchmark is calculated. Will our hours that we get paid as penalty pay for missed breaks and meal periods count toward that?
  • What happens if we transfer from one HCA facility to another?

We have requested additional negotiations.

Stay tuned.


Union Representative Corey Clark, RN

(213) 247-4585 | clarkc@seiu121rn.org
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Nominations Open for Los Robles 121RN Chapter Officer and E-Board Reps

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NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR Los Robles Hospital
SEIU 121RN Chapter Officer
and Executive Board Representatives!

Our 121RN Bylaws state that the “Executive Board shall be composed of Local Union officers, all Chapter Presidents, or permanent designee, plus one elected Representative for every 400 members, or portion thereof…” Elected Representatives are paid a stipend for their service and may also be Chapter Officers.

It’s time to elect chapter officers and 1 voting members to represent Los Robles Hospital members at the Executive Board. Chapter Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer are not automatic members of the Executive Board, and are welcome to run for a representative position.

Executive Board and Chapter Officer nomination forms are due by 3/27/18. Click here to access the form.

Return the nomination form by 3/27/18 to a Union Steward or to our Union Rep Corey Clark.

Forms may be emailed or texted to clarkc@seiu121rn.org or 213-247-4585.


All Executive Board Representatives:

  • Must be members in good standing.
  • Will support and carry out the decisions of the 121RN Union-wide Leadership body at each Chapter.
  • Are familiar with and support our Union contract.
  • Participate in Union meetings and activities.
  • Organize and mobilize co-workers to effectively address workplace issues.
  • Help to distribute flyers and other communications with a network of activists.
  • May participate in Labor-Management and other committees to improve workplace conditions.
  • Support the bargaining process of the Chapters.

President

  • Responsible for informing Chapter membership of Union programs and supporting Unionwide Leadership decisions.
  • In conjunction with Rep, works on strategy and plan to make improvements at the worksite.
  • Presides over Chapter meetings and Steward Council meetings.
  • May chair committee meetings at the worksite (i.e. Labor Management).

Vice President

  • Takes on roles and responsibilities of Chapter President in his/her absence.
  • Chairs COPE committee.
  • Responsible for coordination, education and mobilization in support of political programs.

Secretary-Treasurer

  • Responsible for communications within the Chapter.
  • Takes minutes at Chapter meetings and responsible for distribution of Chapter meeting minutes.
  • Chairs Membership Committee.

Additional details available. If interested, please talk with a Union Steward or our Union Representative.

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It’s official! We have a new Union Contract with Los Robles Hospital!

We vote “YES!” for our new Union Contract

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“We won a good contract, now we have to enforce it! As a member of the Bargaining Team, it was great to feel everyone’s support—including many RN’s who got involved for the first time. I encourage you to help us enforce this new contract by becoming a Union Steward! The next training is at our Union Hall on January 17.”

—Sue McMaster
Labor & Delivery RN and Bargaining Team Member

A large majority of us voted “yes” to ratify our new contract, which goes into effect immediately. This contract would not have happened without the immense involvement of hundreds of united, powerful nurses who elected and supported our Bargaining Team, participated in photo actions, sticker-up days, our info picket and our overwhelming unity in calling for a strike!

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Because we stood together, we won a contract that includes:

  • 3.25% across-the-board each year for the three years of the contract
  • Retro pay to September 15, 2017
  • Increase of $.50/hour to on-call pay
  • Value of health plan remains the same after 2018
  • Improved workload language, including adherence to nurse-to-patient ratios
  • RNs won’t be called off until safe staffing needs are established
  • Creation of Break and Meal Period Relief Pool
  • Creation of four full-time Break Relief Nurses
  • Improved language on discipline, including RNs will no longer be reported to the BRN by the hospital unless a disciplinary decision has been made; also, the hospital now has a timeline to follow to impose discipline when appropriate

Click here to read a full contract summary.

Questions? Contact one of our Bargaining Team members or our Union Representative Corey Clark, RN, BSN: (213) 247-4585, clarkc@seiu121rn.org

Calendar of upcoming events:

Our contract campaign and our efforts to pass our whistleblower protection law have united us like never before! Let’s keep the Nurse Power momentum going by staying united about the things that matter to all of us and staying involved:

Jan. 17—Steward Training Part I
Jan. 19—California Governor Town Hall
Jan. 20—Women’s March, Downtown L.A.
Feb. 21—Steward Training Part II

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